About my blog

CLL is the acronym for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia. CLL is the most common cancer of the blood. However, unlike many other leukaemias, CLL is incurable. Innovative research is desperately needed to provide treatments which are more effective than the derivatives of chemical warfare agents currently in use. Research however costs money.

In 2009 I walked from John o'Groats in the north east of Scotland to Land's End in the south west of England. Hence the acronym JOGLE. The purpose of my walk was to make more people aware of this insidious disease and to encourage them to sponsor me by donating to the research groups I was supporting. It was a most enjoyable experience and I met some wonderful people. Together we raised over 2000 pounds for the cause. Thank you everyone!

In, 2010, the blog was being continued for those who may have be interested in following my walking holiday in Wales. This was not a charity walk.

Sadly this year, 2013, Alan Frost, a senior member of the Wednesday Loafers, our cancer support group, passed away. Many medics will tell you that CLL can be cured by a bone marrow transplant. Alan had battled with the cure for many years. More research is needed, but significant progress has been made since I started this blog.

CLL is still killing my friends. The organizations listed at the side of this blog would welcome any contributions you would like to make towards their research.

Please feel free to pass on the details of this site to anyone you think may be interested. The link is www.cancerwalker.com

Friday, August 21, 2009

Day 46, Cannock Chase to Wolverhampton, Fri 21 Aug

Today’s distance: 29 km (18 miles)
Total distance: 1092 km (679 miles)
Distance to go: 536 km (333 miles)

At 7:45 am this morning Mick brought Gayle to the campsite at Cannock Chase. She was coming to keep me company on today's walk to Wolverhampton and act as guide and interpreter. Actually l was pleasantly surprised with my walk around Wolverhampton. The city was much smaller and much less industrialized than I had expected. We had a great time chatting and the miles went by very quickly. We had a bit of hassle with the weather, which was quite showery, but we made good time to Essington where we stopped at the pub for a quick drink. We then headed for the canal south of Ashmore Park and made our way around the Eastern side of Wolverhampton.

Walking along the canal path it was very useful being with someone with local knowledge and Gayle knew exactly where to leave the towpath so we could lunch at Sainsbury's and l could go shopping in Boots. We arrived at our planned endpoint just after 4:00pm and then caught a local bus back into Wolverhampton. We then caught the train to Rugeley where Mick met us and took me to their home. There l was able to have a nice warm bath and a delicious evening meal with plenty of vegetables. On top of that l also got all my washing done! I've had a great time staying with Mick and Gayle. It's great to stay with such friendly people who have so much experience of long distance walking. As a gesture of thanks I have made a small donation to the charity on their behalf. Thanks Mick and Gayle for a great time.

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